Next 15th of September we celebrate in Lanzarote the romería de los Dolores, pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows, who is the patroness of the island. According to legend, the Virgin stopped the frequent volcanic eruptions of Timanfaya that afflicted the inhabitants of the island in the year 1730. They vowed to make an offering to the Virgin if she managed to stopped the so feared lavas that devastated lands and homes, which eventually led to the building of the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores in Mancha Blanca. On this day, residents in Lanzarote walk kilometres from their towns of origin to this spot, dressed with the local costume, to give thanks to the Virgin.
This pilgrimage is a unique occasion to get to know part of the authentic folklore and traditions of the Canary Islands and mingle with local people in a friendly, devotional and festive atmosphere. Would you like to be part of the great day of the island? We’ll tell you below everything you need to know about this popular pilgrimage in Lanzarote.
Romería de los Dolores in Lanzarote
When, where and how. As we have told you above, the pilgrimage will take place in a few days, specifically on the15th of September, all day long, although the first hikers usually set off for the hermitage in the early morning hours to avoid the heat. The sanctuary devoted to the Virgin is located in the village of Mancha Blanca, in the municipality of Tinajo, and on this date the whole island will be especially ready for the event, with road closures to ease the way. At our Guest Experience Center we will show you how to participate in such a nice event, as well as the nearest starting points from our hotel.
What to do. The pilgrimage is a meeting point for different folklore groups who cheer up the feast with their typical songs and dances, while the hikers and the floats loaded with the offering head to the hermitage, along a path full of joy and participation. Pilgrims usually arrive dressed with the typical Canary Island costume, a detail which adds even more feeling of authenticity to the event. Don’t be surprised if some strangers invite you to have an enyesque (word from the Canary Island dialect that names a snack or appetizer) and a good wine from the land. Anyway, don’t hesitate to ask our hotel staff for a take-away picnic and start the day with a good buffet breakfast. It is always a good idea to gather strength to put up with the walk and the feast.
Other activities. From 12th to 16th of September you can visit the Craft Fair in Mancha Blanca, so don’t hesitate to seize the occasion to spend a good time watching these small handmade works of art. A mass in honour of the Virgin will take place on the day following the pilgrimage and, in the evening, as a closing celebration, there will be a concert by Antonio José, best known for being the winner of the Spanish edition of “The Voice” TV-Show.
How does this plan sound to you? Great, isn’t it? Don’t hesitate to ask us about any question you may have about the pilgrimage and, if you feel very tired on the next day, we suggest that you enjoy a relaxing massage at our Thalasso & Spa Center; it will recharge your batteries so you can keep enjoying all the things Lanzarote can offer.